Saturday, 13 August 2011

Pure Criminality - The UK Riots

I have been reading with some incredulity, reports from media and individuals on their Social Media sites about the recent riots in the UK.   I cannot believe the excuses some people are making for these thugs and criminals.

I have had enough of hearing how these rioters had no other course than to riot and destroy their own communities simply because they feel disenfranchised & disrespected by ‘mainstream society’.  I have had enough of hearing how they are being “ignored and marginalised and harassed by the police” and how “after months of seeing any conceivable hope of a better future confiscated, they are finally on the news” [quotes from a personal blog widely published on the net ].

If you complain that you are constantly disrespected, it is possible you have not done anything to EARN that respect!   I see some individuals who live in Government Housing and on Welfare simply because it is the EASIER option.  They have never had to work to earn their keep and they totally expect that it is their right to take all from society without contributing.  These individuals will steal what they want because they have never lifted a finger to help themselves and never felt the great satisfaction of buying something with their own money, earned by the sweat of their brow.
Furthermore, if you complain that you are being harassed by the Police, well…….. it’s not bloody rocket science……… you need to start behaving yourself.  In my experience, if you constantly come under Police scrutiny, then you probably, totally, deserve it!

I can probably guarantee that for every 1 of those so-called disenfranchised and disrespected lower socio-economic dwellers who rioted, destroyed and, murdered, there were 20 others from exactly the same situation who were disgusted at the actions of their peers and at no time would have ever contemplated such actions. 

There is no such thing as an ‘average’ or ‘ordinary’ life; there is just ‘life’.   I guess it depends on how much pride you have in yourself, and how determined you are to pull yourself up out of a personal situation you’re not happy with.   Millions of people do it everyday in their course of their lives.

There are no excuses for their actions.


Thursday, 4 August 2011

Fullerton Road Jetty, Stockton

Another shot of the 'jetty' from a different angle. This also a HDR from 5 exposures merged in Picturenaut and post processed in Photoshop Elements. It was such a beautiful afternoon to be out!

Stockton Jetty & Ship Wreck

I can only describe this Jetty as 'makeshift' although you couldn't pay me enough to walk on it!! In the upper right of the photo is one of the many ship wrecks on the Hunter River and surrounds at Stockton. This particular one is opposite Kooragang Island off Fullerton Road. Cant seem to find any information about it as yet but will keep searching. This is a HDR merge in Picturenaut and post processed in Photoshop Elements. 5 bracketed exposures have given some excellent tones and textures to the sand and the old Jetty. Will have to re-visit to capture the wreck a little better in daylight and low tide.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Newcastle and Port Hunter

Here is the larger colour Panorama of Newcastle and the entrance to Port Hunter. Taken from the Stockton Breakwall it starts on the left at Fort Scratchley and pans around to Griffiths Park at Stockton on the right. I cant remember the number of photos stitched together to make up this panorama but it was quite a few!

Newcastle Foreshore

Newcastle Foreshore by Life with Jordy
Newcastle Foreshore, a photo by Life with Jordy on Flickr.

The Newcastle Foreshore from Stockton. I was lucky enough to get these shots stitched together without interference from boats! As I swivelled on the tripod and overlapped the photos, boats would travel into each shot which could cause repeated images of the same boat at intervals throughout the final product! Not only that but the water rippling effect caused by the boats would appear in some stitched segments and not others! I have another Panorama to add soon, this one in colour and much wider aspect than this. I love the B&W tones that are possible in a cityscape!